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Transfer officials posted in home districts: EC to states ahead of LS polls

The Jan 16 direction made it clear that officials against whom the EC has recommended disciplinary action in the past in any election should not be assigned poll-related duties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Illustration by Binay Saha
Illustration by Binay Saha

Gearing up for the polls due this summer, the has directed all state governments to transfer officials posted in their home districts and those who have spent three years in a district in the last four years.    

In a letter addressed to all state chief secretaries and chief electoral officers, the Commission pointed out that polls to and assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim are due shortly.

It said while the term of the 16th ends on June 3, the terms of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim assemblies expire on June 18, June 1, June 11 and May 27, respectively.

It is usual for the poll panel to issue such directions ahead of Lok Sabha or assembly polls to ensure that officials do not interfere in the election process in any way and the exercise remains free and fair.

The Commission made it clear that though large number of employees would be drafted for election duty, it does not want to carry out large-scale dislocation of the state machinery. It said the transfer directive is not applicable to those not directly connected with the elections.

The January 16 direction made it clear that officials against whom it had recommended disciplinary action in the past in any election should not be assigned poll-related duty. 

Also, officers against whom criminal cases are pending in courts are barred from getting election work.

First Published: Mon, January 28 2019. 21:20 IST
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